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“Really nice location”
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Caldera Villas
Ranked #41 of 58 Hotels in Oia
Reviewed 14 July 2014

Having read some of the reviews I was a bit apprehensive about our booking but I should have not been .

The location is a little bit difficult to get to down maybe 60 steps which you need to go up and down every day but the rooms are modern and clean the breakfast was great and the pool are and views spectacular

The helpful girls at reception can't do enough for you all in all we really enjoyed the stay .

Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 26 June 2014 via mobile

Where do I start? The transfer service is pretty horrible if you get the driver that we got (refused to turn on the ac in a HOT van for over an hour). The reception area is exceptionally slow and dodgy and far from the "hotel". The hotel itself is badly maintained, doorknobs falling, shelving in uncomfortable places in your bath, seemingly designed to give one a concussion. The pool is tiny with chairs strewn around. Oh, the wifi never worked properly, but that seems to be an islandwide, if not nationwide epidemic. All in all, the little discomforts added up to an unpleasant experience (no real soap, spartan towels, people who decide to suntan 2 feet outside your window in what seemed to be a private seating area).

  • Stayed: June 2014
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7  Thank Grogo1010
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CalderaVillas, Guest Relations Manager at Caldera Villas, responded to this reviewResponded 7 August 2014

We are sorry you did not enjoy your time on Santorini at Caldera Villas. We apologize for any inconvenience you experienced in the transfer van, which actuay the ride is y 20 to 30 minutes, not an hour. That particular day we used a different transportation which we no longer co operate with . Santorini is an island enjoyed in the summer by thousands of people from all over the world. One of the charming and appealing aspects of Oia is its hospitality and relaxed style, as well as the magnificent view from the cliffs - unique in the world. At Caldera Villas, the reception is in the very center of the hotel. On the middle level in the pool area ,it can not be more central than that. Hotels in Santorini, Caldera Villas, other hotels, private homes and swimming pools are built into the cliffs overlooking the sea and volcanic islands on more than 20 different levels. Space is at a premium, most pools are rather small on the cliff properties. Buildings are all irregular in their construction, allowing the visitor to enjoy the unique nature of the traditional settlement style. Caldera Villas has well furnished private and modern rooms. There are lounge chairs around the shared pool area. We provide top quality amenities in the private bathrooms and towels for the pool. Again, our sincere apologies for any discomfort you experienced.

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Reviewed 18 June 2014

We stayed here for 3 nights in May. Great location. The view was beautiful from the room and from the common area. the room was in great shape, a cute little cave with our own private balcony. There was a nice pool area, the pool was a bit small but it was in great shape and very refreshing. The staff was super friendly. There was an all day water/tea/coffee bar inside. Breakfast was super great.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 June 2014

We loved Caldera Villas. We had a Cave Suite for 3 persons with an incredible private terrace, excellent views and was well decorated. We were central to all of the great restaurants and shops nearby which made meandering around Oia so fun. As a couple of girls from NYC in our early 30's, we could not have asked for a more chic, peaceful and affordable place to sleep after a long day of hiking, shopping or swimming.

Yes, the stairs are steep and I would not recommend them for people who are not reasonably fit or well balanced. You absolutely want to pay extra for the transfer if you are flying into or out of Santorini even if you are fit, as carrying luggage down cobblestone steps does not look easy and I am glad we sprung for the transfer. I do think the Villas could use some more high-end toiletry amenities (shampoo, conditioner, body lotion) but we did appreciate the votive candles around the room and unexpected little perks like a fridge and wine glasses. All of the staff were incredibly friendly and helpful.

For travelers that are accustomed to a boutique hotel experience I think the Caldera Villas is the perfect place to stay.

Room Tip: we had room 20 which had it's own kitchen and 2 double beds which was perfect for me and my frie...
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 5 June 2014

This hotel is more on par with a hostel than an actual hotel or even a bed and breakfast. We were going to stay for 3 nights but only stayed for one and then switched hotels (to Canaves Oia). The views are amazing, but most places in Santorini have them. Check in is at the Best Western down the street. Your bags are then transferred to the "front desk/breakfast area". The rooms are located on very steep and slippery paths that are also shared by the numerous donkeys that traverse the island. A constant odor of donkey dung hangs outside. The rooms are okay in size, but lack proper ventilation and amenities (no shampoo). The staff did not know anything about the surrounding area and could not recommend any restaurants or places to see. We did not eat the breakfast "buffet" but by the look of the jelly and cereal on the counter at 2pm, I'm glad we didn't. The pool is very small and the deck around it can only accommodate a few chairs. A loud group of people had taken over this area and prevented us from enjoying the pool. There is no bar or restaurant on site. There is a small refrigerator in the rooms so you can BYOB. The hotel is okay if you lower your expectations down to a hostel type of level. I feel bad for the poor kid that had to constantly lug 110lbs of luggage up and down the donkey paths all day but the place is not on the same level as the surrounding hotels. D

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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CalderaVillas, Public Relations Manager at Caldera Villas, responded to this reviewResponded 11 July 2014

Dear Client thank you for taking time for expressing your opinion and the same time we are sorry to hear that our hotel did not meet your expectations but i am afraid it was a wrong choice that you ve made from the very beginning when you actually made the booking.The room that you had booked had the standards that you ve actually paid,and it was one of the best rooms in our hotel .The other 5 star hotel that you are referring to, a simple category room costs double the price of superior room in our hotel the in the best case,sometimes even three times up.A wise choice would be directly directly to book something that was on your normal price range and not something half of your daily budget since you know your expectations are higher.As for the air ventilation,in the specific room there is a huge double balcony door ,a big window right next to it ,and a very strong air condition.Additionally concerning the buffet breakfast that you are referring,i am sorry but there is no breakfast at 2 pm, the breakfast finishes at 11:00 ,and what you describe as jelly is home made marmalade,and organic cereal in plexiglass containers .As regards to the bathroom essentials i am afraid that you did not had a proper look at the bottle on the shower wall since its indicated that it is for body and Hair ( a special liquid of fine quality )We thank you for your comments that allow us to continually improve our services.Yours sincerely

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Reviewed 5 June 2014

We stayed in a "Cave Suite with Caldera View" and it was gorgeous. We had two balconies; one totally private and secluded and the second semi-private - both with incredible and uninterrupted views over the Caldera. Our room was huge and had a large bathroom and a separate area with a big bath from which you could see the sea. The private balcony was off the bedroom area and so we were able to sleep with the doors onto this balcony open, looking out to sea and listening to the waves. Overall, great value for money in Oia. It is true that there are a few steep steps to negotiate to get down to the hotel, but this was the same with about half of the other hotels in Oia and it didn't cause us any problems (there were always porters to carry your suitcases etc.). The breakfast was not amazing, but was adequate and when things ran out the staff were happy to bring more on request. We never tried using the hotel for restaurant recommendations/bookings, so can't really comment on this aspect of the service. The transfers provided throughthe hotel were slightly more expensive than other options and we ended up waiting a lot for other guests to arrive for the transfer (note that the transfers are not private). However, overall the transfers were pretty easy and worth the extra 5 euros or so. The pool isn't huge, but is not as small as other reviews suggest and we actually never used it - we opted to hire a 4x4 for 30 euro for 24 hours and head out to beaches around the island instead - highly recommend this. Also recommend the fish tavernas in Ammoudi Bay - we ended up down there for dinner every night of our stay! If we were to visit Oia again we would definitely go back to Caldera Villas.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 June 2014

The location of this hotel is perfect, views wherever you are. The Hotel is let down by the customer service. The reception is right by the breakfast counter so anything you ask is overheard by those choosing their food. The staff are not very helpful and forgot several times when we made a request. Room service always seems to occur when you arrive back to your room after a day out - about 4.00pm. Twice we had to delay our showers and wait on the balcony whilst this was done. Small complaints and if staff were more welcoming and concerned that you enjoyed your stay this would be a really good hote.

Room Tip: Arrange a transfer as it is very difficult to find the hotel especially if you arrive late.
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Caldera Villas

Address: Main Street, Oia 847 02, Greece
Region: Greece > South Aegean > Cyclades > Santorini > Oia
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#22 Luxury Hotel in Oia
Price Range: £167 - £299 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Caldera Villas 4*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated in the centre of Oia, Caldera Villas overlook the volcano and feature a swimming pool and accommodation with Cycladic decor. Room balconies offer caldera and Aegean Sea views. Rooms, studios and suites combine local architectural style with modern comforts, such as free Wi-Fi and satellite TV. Some room types provide well-equipped kitchenettes and seating area. Some units include a hot tub. Caldera Villas features a sun terrace and a swimming pool. Guests can enjoy a buffet continental breakfast daily. Staff can arrange bicycle and car rental and offer traveling advice. Armeni beach is a 10-minute walk from Caldera Villas. The bus station, bank, restaurants and shops are a 2-minute walk. Free public parking is possible at a location nearby Villas Caldera. ... more   less 
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